Monday, September 30, 2019

New home building in SW Arlington...

3 new locations for new housing being built in SW Arlington.
1) Big Spring at Pine Valley
2) Little Road at Moore's Landing
3) Kelly Elliott at Green Oaks

For all the details see: Double Eagle Real Estate

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Property Taxes update from Texas Sen Kelly Hancock...signed by Gov Abbott...

Dear Friends,
The 86th Legislative Session wrapped up last week after 140 jam-packed days tackling a wide range of issues. Since a few key topics grabbed most of the headlines, we'd like to give you a more in-depth look at the results of the session.
Today's email is the first in a summer series highlighting legislation we were honored to work on. I hope you'll find there's a common thread... putting the interests of the people of Texas above any level of government's interest. Between property appraisal reforms, electric grid security, landmark drug price transparency, eliminating surprise medical billing - and a few fun bills like the Fido-friendly Outdoor Dining Act - our office managed to pass more than 60 pieces of legislation this session designed to do just that.
As the saying goes, "Keep the first things first." So we'll start by covering the clear No. 1 priority of Texas taxpayers: property tax reform.
SB 2 - Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019
As a joint author of SB 2 and member of the newly-formed Senate Property Tax Committee, I had the privilege of chairing the conference committee on this bill to work out differences between the House and Senate versions near the end of the session. For the first time in 40 years, the Texas Legislature delivered an extremely strong property tax reform measure that will fundamentally transform the rate-setting and appraisal processes in the Lone Star State.
If a general taxing unit increases its revenue (i.e. your community's taxes) more than 3.5% year-to-year, voters now have the protection of an automatic referendum election on the November uniform election date, when voter turnout is at its highest.
The Legislative Budget Board projects that as long as voters don't allow their taxing units to bust the 3.5% cap, Texas taxpayers will save more than $2.6 billion over the next five years!
With pages and pages of appraisal reforms, just some of the highlights include:
Prohibiting appraisal review boards (ARBs) from raising a property owner's appraised value during protest proceedings;
Requiring Chief Appraisers to maintain a list of qualified individuals offering free property tax assistance;
Requiring appraisal districts to notify a property owner if they're not taking advantage of a homestead exemption to which they may be entitled;
Giving property owners aged 65 and over, military service members, veterans, and their spouses priority scheduling for protest hearings;
Allowing property owners to submit a survey related to their experience after completing a tax protest or motion (those should be interesting reads!);
Prohibiting anyone who is related to an ARB member by blood or marriage from serving as a fellow ARB member, and prohibiting elected officers or employees of a taxing unit from being simultaneously employed by an appraisal district;
Preventing taxing units from filing suit to collect delinquent taxes if the disputed tax is the subject of an appeal; and
Creating a "real-time tax notice" on appraisal district websites. This online portal will allow property owners to type in their address and see a customized notice of appraised value, including the amount of taxes that would be due under each taxing unit's no-new-revenue rate, voter-approval rate, and proposed tax rate. Contact information for each taxing unit will be prominently featured for property owners to express their support or opposition to the proposed tax rate, adding yet another layer of transparency and accountability to the system.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this update! Please don't hesitate to share it with any friends, family, and neighbors who may be interested.
Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9
Chair, Business & Commerce
Vice Chair, Transportation

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Property Taxes... Senate Bill 2 passes house...

Senate Bill 2 has passed the Texas House! This legislation -- our signature property tax reform bill -- prohibits local governments from raising taxes by more than 3.5% without voter approval.

It is a start in stopping the automatic 10% increase each year that homeowners have gotten for the last 4 years! Good Job Tony Tinderholt!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Arlington City Town Hall Meeting...

Hosted by Council Member Sheri Capehart, representing our District 2.

WHEN: Monday, March 25, 2019

TIME: 6:30 pm TO 8:00 pm

WHERE: Mary Moore Elementary Cafeteria
                5500 Park Springs Blvd
                 Arlington, TX 76017

TOPIC: Gas Well Ordinance Amendment Item. Discussion on the waiver process associated with the specific use permit that establishes drill zones and gas well setbacks.

For more information please call the Arlington City Council Member's Office at 817-459-6143.

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Brief summary of meeting: 
After the presentation of the 5 new amendments;
1) Concurrent process. 
2) Notification Area, now neighbors within a 1/4 mile of site will be notified ahead of time, not 600'. 
3) Noise, reduced to 4 decibels, a decrease of 3.
4) Trucks on street prohibited.
5) Dust restrictions required. 

Sheri requested a show of hands either for or against, A proposal to have the city council require a Super Majority Vote to reduce the 600 feet gas well setback to 300 feet. The majority present voted in favor of the City Council requiring a Super Majority vote. What this means is that 7 out of the 9 council member votes must vote in favor to have a set back less than 600 feet, regardless of waivers. With this, it will be extremely unlikely that any gas well will have a set back less than 600 feet. A good thing.               

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

SW Arlington Neighbors - Sublett Creek Drainage Improvements...

SW Arlington Neighbors,

UPDATE: Here is a copy of the PDF Presentation
by Sidney Kelly, PE City of Arlington:                                 Presentation
(for those who missed the meeting).

Please join us from 6 pm to 7 pm on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the SW Library Community Room for an informal informational meeting regrading planned drainage improvements in the Sublett Creek Neighborhood.

The library is located at 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX

Info Flyer with map

Questions related to the meeting or this project can be directed to project manager at:   or 817-459-6590.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Term Limits in Arlington, voters to vote in November....

Voters are going to be asked to vote on this important issue next month: ... UPDATED 10/21/18...

IMPORTANT .... to remember HOW Arlington City Council is set up:
5 single member districts AND 3 at large seats. So seats 6, 7, and 8 are at large. Any Arlington resident can run for seats 6, 7, and 8. There has been turnover in every seat except 2, 4, and 6. Other candidates have run against the incumbents in seat 2,6,7,8 and were not elected, obviously because the voters felt them not worthy of support.
City Council pay: Usually $200/month... Max up to $800/month ...$200/meeting pay only up to 4 meetings/month ... Who wold want to do this job for $200/month or a max of $800/month with all the headaches! (pay per article).
Therefore ALL voters are represented by 4 seats, of which 3 of the seats, any resident can apply to run for office. This is one of the best forms of representation in City Government. So Arlington residents feel free to run for city council in any one of the seats open to our area, 2, 6, 7, or 8. The heck with term limits, let’s concentrate on finding someone who will do what our amazing city council is doing, better! Feel free to run for city council. I doubt there are many qualified willing people to fill even 4 slots!

Exactly what Proposition E states on the ballot:
Addition of Section 9 of Article IV of the City Charter to provide that no person shall serve as Mayor for more than three elected terms and no person shall serve as a Council Member for more than three elected terms and under no circumstance may any person ever serve for more than twelve years in combination as a Council Member and Mayor and the term that each person as Mayor or as a Council Member is currently filling and all terms served prior to that current terms shall be counted for purposes of determining whether three terms have been served and the renumbering of the existing Section 9 to Section 10.

What is underlined above is retroactive and considered extreme: and if passed it will mean that 5 of our City council Members will be sent out of office forever. No City has term limits less than 4 continuous terms. This is the single most damaging thing that could happen to Arlington, as the stability of the City council brings consistent management that has brought businesses to relocate into Arlington.

Please visit the Vote No web site to understand the ramifications of a Yes vote win.

Other sites to view:
Mayor Williams on Proposition E (you tube video)

Vote No web site   (Recommend citizens vote No!... i.e. no term limits)

Vote Yes web site (please don't) 

Respected Arlington Organizations that are opposed to Proposition E:
  • Arlington Police Associtaion
  • Arlington Chamber of Commerce
  • MPAC Arlington (a group of women leaders dedicated to making Arlington a better place...)
  • Arlington Board of Realtors
  • Young Men of Arlington
  • United Educators Association 
Arlington is ranked as the best-run city in Texas with a triple A bond rating, has the lowest sales tax rate in North Texas, and enjoys a property tax rate far below Dallas and Fort Worth. (Source July 9, 2018).

Early voting: October 22 through November 2nd
Election Day is November 6th

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Arlington City Interactive street map ....

... where Arlington residents can learn about water drainage and roadway projects.

Link to Arlington Maps

Mobile link to Arlington Maps

Brought o you by the City of Arlington.

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